Administrative Process Act; process for disqualification of a hearing officer. (SB927)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Administrative Process Act; disqualification of a hearing officer. Establishes a process for the disqualification of hearing officers in situations where the officer cannot accord a fair and impartial hearing or consideration, or when required by the applicable rules governing the practice of law. The reasons that a hearing officer may be disqualified include prejudice, financial interest, ex parte communications, or any other factor that would cause a reasonable person to question the impartiality of the hearing officer. In addition, the bill establishes a process for challenging the initial decision to not disqualify. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100894D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/19/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB927)
01/19/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/21/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2015Read second time
01/22/2015Reading of amendments waived
01/22/2015Amendments by Senator Edwards agreed to
01/22/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended SB927E
01/22/2015Printed as engrossed 15100894D-E
01/23/2015Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB927E)
01/30/2015Placed on Calendar
01/30/2015Read first time
01/30/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/11/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/12/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/17/2015Reported from General Laws with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Read second time
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2015Passed by for the day
02/20/2015Read third time
02/20/2015Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/2015Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/20/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/20/2015Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/20/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB927ER)
02/27/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB927ER)
02/27/2015Signed by Speaker
02/27/2015Signed by President
03/04/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/4/15
03/04/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/26/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 636 (effective 7/1/15)
03/26/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0636)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.